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Advances in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

ISSN No: 2057-9098
Series Editor(s):
Pilar Garces Blitvich and Manuel Padilla Cruz

Series Description

Advances in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, edited by Pilar Garces Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Manuel Padilla (University of Seville), is a new series examining various aspects of linguistics and communication. The series will publish two volumes per year, with each subsequent volume focusing on a different sub-field in order to make the series all-encompassing and representative of current and innovative work in pragmatics and discourse analysis. The editorial board for the series is drawn from several different countries, and represents institutes from the US, the UK, Poland and Spain. As such, the focus of Advances in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis is multicultural, and the series welcomes contributions from across the globe.

Editor(s) Biography

Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich received her PhD from the University of Valencia, and is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she teaches Linguistics. Prior to her current appointment, she held positions at the University of Valencia and the University of Seville, where she founded the research group EPICS. Her current research interests focus mostly on the application of socio-pragmatic theories to the analysis of (traditional and computer) mediated communication. She is currently working on a monograph on the discourse of polarization in the American media, recently co-edited a collection titled Pragmatics and Context (2010), and is the guest editor of a special issue on impoliteness across cultures to be published in Intercultural Pragmatics. Recent publications include Studies in Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (2007) and papers in international journals such as the Journal of Politeness Research, Intercultural Pragmatics, and International Review of Applied Linguistics. She also co-organizes the North American Workshop on Pragmatics (NAWPRA) initiative.

Manuel Padilla-Cruz received his PhD from the University of Seville, and is currently a Lecturer at the University of Seville, where he teaches Linguistics to undergraduate and graduate students. His research focuses mostly on relevance theory and addresses topics in three of the main areas of pragmatics: namely general pragmatics, in which he has investigated phatic utterances, interjections, speech acts (complaints, compliments and greetings) and some issues in politeness; historical pragmatics, with works addressing the use of communicative strategies in Middle English drama and the loss of procedural meaning in the evolution of English; and pragmatics applied to L2 teaching and learning. He has published internationally and presented at many international conferences. His recent publications include Current Trends in Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (2004), Studies in Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (2007), and Pragmatics Applied to Language Teaching and Learning (2009). As a member of the research group “Intercultural Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Issues”, he has co-organised four editions of the International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics, held biennially in Seville.

Series Titles

Applications of Relevance Theory

The collection of papers discusses various applications of Relevance Theory within several areas of pragmatics and discourse analysis. It covers an array of topics, including the treatment of figurative language, pragmatic markers and lexical pragmatics within Relevance Theory. It also discusses relevance-theoretic analyses of spec...

New Perspectives on (Im)Politeness and Interpersonal Communication

New Perspectives on (Im)Politeness and Interpersonal Communication gathers eleven studies by prominent scholars, which explore issues related to (im)politeness in human communication. The study of linguistic (im)politeness is undoubtedly one of the central concerns in the field of pragmatics, as attested to by the numerous conferen...

Pragmatics in Dementia Discourse

Alison Wray notes that “Alzheimer’s Disease affects language in many different ways. Directly, language processing is undermined by damage to the language areas of the brain. Indirectly, language is compromised by short term memory loss, distortions in perception, and disturbed semantic representation . . . All of this makes AD an ...

Relevance Theory

The present volume covers a variety of topics which are at the centre of interest in pragmatic research: understanding and believing, reference, politeness, communication problems, stylistics, metaphor, and humour. Next to innovative theoretical proposals, there are interesting analyses and discussions....

The Development of Conceptual Socialization in International Students

The relationship between language and culture has been the focus of attention in the fields of anthropology, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and sociology, especially in regard to the acquisition of language and negotiation of identity. Schieffelin and Ochs’ (1986) framework of language socialization, in this respect, has ins...